Fifth Grade Science

FOCUS: Science as the process of studying systems in order to help others; scientists as people that study systems in order to help others. CONCEPTS: What plants need to grow; engineering simple plant growth systems; photosynthesis; digital modeling; circuitry. SKILLS: Determining basic needs of plant systems; design plant growth systems for fictional space station; describe role of atoms and molecules involved in photosynthesis; create digital model to teach others about photosynthesis; program a computer-controlled lighting system to grow plants. HIGHLIGHTS: Three-day field science program at Marin Headlands Institute; Scratch modeling and presentations; Arduino computer language.